THE FILMING AT LAKE JAMES
This Filming At Lake James Page is in three parts. Following are photos donated by Mike Dover. Below that are photos contributed by Jim Smith. Finally, there are photos and text by Susan V. Houck. We thank all three for their efforts!
Jim Smith, of the Burke County Sheriff's Department, was scouting the area, by helicopter, for marijuana back in the Summer of '91. How successful he was on THAT mission, we don't know, but we're awfully glad he was up there in the sky, for it resulted in these rare aerial shots of Fort William Henry, about 2/3's completed. A good feel of the SIZE of the Fort can now be had. Jim says the crew was scared out of their wits by the circling craft ... it appeared that they thought OSHA was on the prowl! Later, after the filming, as part of the security operation on the set, he snapped shots in and around the Fort.
Aerial Views ...
The Fort Interior ...
Artillery on the walls.
Soldier #2's wagon & ramp.
The scene of The Courier.
"... out the northern sally-port ..."
The Fort Exterior ...
Highway 126, which runs between the Fort site and the Lake ... closed during the filming!
The Fort from near the road.
The burnt boat & pier.
View of Lake James from the Fort.
The canoes ... housed in the Fort.
The exterior Fort walls.
Susan V. Houck, a Morganton, North Carolina native, lived through, photographed intently, and loved every minute of the filming at Lake James. Straddling the counties of Burke & McDowell, the lake was the site of Fort William Henry & several other lesser scenes. As you are probably aware, fully one third of the movie takes place at or near the Fort, thus it is THE most seen scene in the movie. After filming, Susan has explored this area more extensively than anyone we know, pinpointing many of the locations shot here. Graciously, she is serving up these photos & memories for us. Elsewhere on this site, you can find another photo or two contributed by Susan.
The set as it looked in mid-June, 1991. (left) The fort as it appeared on the 4th of July. (right) Note the American flag.
View of the French Artillery Batteries.
Close-up of the burnt boat with the battleground in background. This boat is seen for all of five seconds when Hawkeye is towing the canoe into the fort after rescuing Cora and Alice on the George Road.
The above map of the Linville Access Area, based on a map by Susan V. Houck, indicates the relative positions of the sites filmed at this area, and compliments the information in the book nicely. If you are planning to follow the Trail, print it out and use it in conjunction with the guide.
Following, are additional photos contributed by Susan, donated by her friends, who were extras in the film..
In 1991, Liz and Dave Langrall were working at fairly ordinary jobs and living fairly ordinary lives with the occasional trip to Asheville to participate in a contra-dancing group. It was through their friends that they learned of the casting call for Mohicans, which would include some dancing scenes. So much for the "ordinary".
The make-up tent at Lake James, ready for another day of tattoos, dirt & blood.
Militia extras (Dave is second from the left - top left photo), British extras, and French extras.
See, Also: MORE FROM LAKE JAMES
For More Musings & Photos, Use The MOHICAN MUSINGS INDEX
For more on The Filming At Lake James, go to Susan's site, SUSAN'S MOHICAN MEMORIES ... includes more photos!